San Diego Kidnapping Attorneys
Kidnapping is a violent felony that qualifies as a “strike” under the Three Strikes law. If convicted, you may face a prison sentence of 3 years to life in state prison without the possibility of parole.
Specific sentencing will depend upon:
- Age of the victim
- Whether the victim was injured
- Intentions of the kidnapper
Have you been accused of kidnapping? If so, it is important to contact a skilled San Diego criminal defense lawyer who can work to assert your rights and protect your future. By working with a lawyer early on, you have the opportunity to avoid having charges formally filed or may be able to avoid going to trial. Being arrested is a disorienting and often frightening experience.
You will likely be asking a number of questions, including:
- What can you do?
- How can you protect your future and the future of your family?
By working with a kidnapping defense lawyer, you are putting your future in the hands of a professional who knows what it takes to defend a criminal case and help you avoid going to jail.
If you have been accused of kidnapping, you may face additional penalties for one or more of a number of factors. San Diego defense attorney James N. Dicks understands the nuances of California law in regards to kidnapping and how enhanced penalties could affect you. A typical kidnapping charge is a felony offense with a state prison sentence of 3, 5 or 8 years.
Enhanced penalties include:
- If the victim is under 14 years old, the sentence will be 5, 8 or 11 years in state prison.
- If the kidnapping was carried out to commit robbery, rape, oral copulation, sodomy or sexual penetration, the penalty will likely be a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Don’t take a chance with your future freedom and happiness. Make sure you work with a San Diego criminal attorney who you can trust and who will fight for you in and out of court.
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